562. Founders Brewing Backwoods Bastard

Founders Backwoods BastardI know there are plenty of people out there that will disagree with me on this review and they have every right to. I review beer by my personal preference and I generally do not like big bourbon tasting beers. Beer should taste like beer not bourbon so when I come across a boozy beer like this I sip it and try to enjoy the complex flavors but the booze is hard to ignore. The same goes for coffee flavored beer, I don’t like coffee so a beer that has big coffee notes is not going to do well by me.

This beer has a great dark color and a nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has plenty of bourbon and alcohol. The taste is complex with some dark fruits, vanilla and the bourbon finish that just overpowers everything else. This is a good example of a barrel aged beer but not something that I enjoyed or would buy again. Giving it 3 stars as it is a complex well made beer just not my style. 
Cons: Bourbon overload
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice, and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

2 thoughts on “562. Founders Brewing Backwoods Bastard”

  1. Your opinion holds much truth, despite my love for Backwoods Bastard. I truly fell in love with this beer after allowing about one year of aging a bottle of 2013. Give this beer a chance to mature for at least 6 months at a proper cellaring temp of 55 deg F. You’ll be amazed at how the booziness calms down taste-wise and you’re left with mostly just a boozy nose while other flavors continue to meld beautifully. I bought a case of this year’s 11.6% batch and threw it right in the cellar. I’m looking forward to many months of enjoying the change in its flavor and taking taking tasting notes along the way. Definitely my favorite kind of research and a great

    1. I may have on in the cellar already, might give it another shot soon and see how it has developed. Thanks for following my blog and commenting.

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